We recently read a report from the CBI deputy director-general, John Cridland, who stated that the UK should now be embracing more flexible working. He also wants to block regulations that will ultimately cost jobs whilst focusing on changing the industrial legislation to help revive the economy.
The Private Sector has already weathered the worst of the recession across a significant number of sectors whilst the Public Sector is now in the grips of job losses that could result in over 600,000 jobs being lost. There is no getting away from the fact that this is a large number of people who will be at risk.
Those who remain in roles will need career counselors to make sure they remain focused on their roles to develop their own careers through such a period. This all sounds a lot easier on paper when you are not involved emotionally in the situation.
Support and development of those who continue within their roles become critical at such times. Self-achievement as we discussed in our blog in May can really help an individual, particularly elements such as taking control of their life and being able to manage themselves in order to achieve their goals and objectives.
The green shoots of recovery are apparent in our economy and it is a shame more is not being made of these “good news stories”; those in the SME sector have realigned their business models to operate within the current economic climate and are now moving towards growth and expansion.
B2B bodies such as the CBI can play a significant role in helping to improve the UK job market by attracting businesses to set up bases in the UK. However, it is also important that the SME industry is supported whilst it continues to recover.
An organisation can only be successful with an engaged workforce who is keen to develop their careers and expertise. This will ultimately lead to a successful business able to retain its workforce whilst creating jobs.